Range Stewardship

As an Alberta livestock producer, you can apply ecological conservation principles to your grazing practices to sustain the health and productivity of native grasslands, forests, and tame pastures for generations to come.

To facilitate sound range stewardship, the department can give you access to many educational resources, including:

  • Distance learning courses
  • Extension tools
  • Range management research
  • Rangeland awareness publications

Learn more about range stewardship practices in Alberta:

Castle Allotment Range Reference Area Reports

Industrial Activity in Foothills Fescue Grasslands

Guidelines for Minimizing Surface Disturbance

  • Industrial Activity Foothills Fescue Grasslands – Minimizing Surface Disturbance – Mar 2010 (17 pages, 2 MB)

    This document is a backgrounder reference that accompanies the Fescue Grassland Protective Notation (PNT) Information Letter – IL2010-02 Foothills Fescue Grassland Principles for Minimizing Surface Disturbance.

    This background document provides additional information that alerts users to the sensitivities of foothills fescue grasslands within a multiple resource valued landscape where land use practices must be carefully integrated. It details why they are particularly sensitive to surface soil disturbance with limited potential for restoration success. The background document will continue to evolve over time as we gain more knowledge about effective reclamation and restoration practices in this valued landscape.

Related Information Letter

IL 2010-02 Foothills Fescue Grassland Principles for Minimizing Surface identifies the expectations for planning and development standards for all potential surface disturbance related activity in foothills fescue grasslands. Access this IL at:

Drought Management

Environmental conditions such as drought may require changes to your stewardship practices. Learn how you can maintain the health of your rangeland during a drought.

Potential of Rangelands to Sequester Carbon in Alberta

With Climate change growing in prominence there is considerable interest in the role that Alberta rangelands and rangeland management might play relative to carbon storage.

Potential of Rangelands to Sequester Carbon in Alberta is a science paper prepared for the department by Dr. Eric Bremmer, a soil scientist from southern Alberta that reviews the current published knowledge on the topic. The brochure provides highlights of the review paper and will be useful for policy discussions, educators and the general public.

Measuring Rangeland Health

The Rangeland Health Assessment Protocol: An Ecological Tool for Land Stewards

When rangeland is healthy, ecological goods and services such as water, forage, and fish and wildlife habitat are maintained, benefitting both present and future generations. The department uses the Rangeland Health Assessment Protocol to measure the health of Alberta's rangelands. This brochure provides an introduction to how range health is measured, and its application and benefits. More detailed information such as the range health assessment field work books for native grasslands and forests, and tame pasture can be found by viewing the Rangeland Health and Assessment menu.

Range Notes

Range Notes are published periodically to share findings and recommendations arising from applied research carried out by the Range Resource Management Group, other researchers and resource managers.

Topics covered in this publication include:

  • The Animal Unit (AU) - Adjusting for Larger Cows
  • Biological Weed Control on Public Lands in Alberta
  • Fire and Grazing to Manage Willow Shrubland on Foothill Range
  • Grazing Systems for Public Grazing Lands
  • Livestock Distribution on Rangelands
  • Livestock Grazing Records - A Valuable Management Tool
  • Managing for a Productive Rough Fescue Pasture
  • Managing Aspen Rangelands in Alberta's Boreal Mixedwood Ecoregion: The Northeast Region Benchmark Program
  • Rangeland Management during Drought
  • Species Diversity and How It Is Affected by Livestock Grazing in Alberta
  • Two Worksheets for Range Vegetation Monitoring

Northern Alberta’s Boreal Region Factsheets


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Updated: Aug 22, 2017